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May 17, 2007

Shepherd grad posts senior portfolio online

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University senior painting major Jonathan Ely will display his senior portfolio of digital artwork on the Web. Created using Photoshop and Painter, Ely's work has a fine art feel while embracing the edgier design elements of contemporary digital art.

Ely, a Martinsburg native, designed the work to have an escapist or futuristic look at environments and technology with an emphasis on mood and fine art. The goal is to have the viewer feel as if the illustrated place actually exists. He strives to generate thoughtful original imagery designed to be a major selling point for him as he enters a career in concept art in the entertainment industry.

The work can be viewed at For information, e-mail Ely at

Chair fundraiser set to rock Pa. city

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -The Council for the Arts again presents "Chair Parade, Rocking the Arts" fundraiser. Interested artists should submit a detailed drawing of their rocking chair design for consideration by the chair parade committee.


Call for deadline.

Artists chosen to participate will pay an entry fee of $30 to receive one unfinished child's wooden rocking chair. The entry fee is due when the chair is received by the artist.

Completed chairs must be delivered to the Council for the Arts at 159 S. Main St. between 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.

Chairs will be auctioned with a starting bid of $50, and the artist will receive 50 percent of the sale price. The artist whose chair receives the highest bid will receive 100 percent of the purchase price.

The chairs will be judged and prizes awarded for the three best designs. The first place prize is $150, second place is $100 and third place is $50. Chairs will be displayed in sponsoring businesses throughout July.

Application forms and further details are available at or by calling 717-264-6883.

NewSong regional rounds scheduled

The 2007 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is accepting entries online through contest partner A total of 12 finalists will be chosen to perform in the international contest finals in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of the River to River Festival. The contest features cash and other prizes and one of five co-winners will earn an appearance on a worldwide broadcast of the "Mountain Stage" radio show.

Co-winners and other contest standouts will also be invited to participate in future NewSong productions throughout the country and will be candidates for future releases on the NewSong Recordings label. Non-winning contestants will also be considered for future "Mountain Stage" appearances.

Deadline for submitting songs to the contest's general round is Wednesday, July 25. There is a Friday, May 18, deadline for entries into regional rounds and also to be considered for one early bird finalist slot in the general round. Eligible performing songwriters may submit to both a regional round and the general. For full rules and guidelines, go to www.mountainstage

The 12 NewSong Contest finalists will be chosen from the following:

· Four from the general round, open to anyone from any state or country.

· One from the NewSong Academy (held Aug. 9 to 11). Faculty include Susan Werner, Paul Reisler, Jason Blume and Craig Bickhardt.

· Seven from live regional rounds, open only to artists who live in particular regions.

Contestants should designate the style of song they consider their entry to fit when entering tunes. The categories are: rock and blues, Americana, folk, world, Christian, country, hip-hop, jazz, pop/alternative, children's, humor and other/open.

For full contest rules and guidelines, go to

Tables still available for REACH food fest

REACH Caregivers are hosting Taste of the Town and Benefit Auction on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person. Seats are limited.

For information call the REACH office at 301-733-2371, ext. 101, or e-mail

Artists and musicians invited to arts fest

The fourth annual Art in the Park will be held Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, at City Park in Hagerstown. The weekend includes activities for children and adults plus live music coordinated by Todd Coyle.

Vendors, artists, instructors, volunteers and art supplies are being sought for the event. Artists can exhibit and sell their work at the following rates: Artist registration, $25 for one day, $40 for two days. Bring your own table and tents. Vendor registration costs $75 for one day, and $125 for two days.

The event is sponsored by The Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc., 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-6191 or send e-mail to

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